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Vanilla isn’t as exciting as Ben and Jerry’s, but it still tastes good

Like I typed in response to a text later on that night, it wasn’t the first time that day I heard a girl say she thought Caitlyn Jenner was prettier than she was. I once dated a girl who loved to keep up with the Kardashians, but I was usually in the other room watching […]

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Summer learning keeps minds sharp and helps tell a better host of stories

On the first day of school, there are always great stories to be told about the adventures of vacations, summer blockbusters and birthday parties to be told after students reunite with friends. Those ‘What I did on my summer vacation’ reports may be easy A’s, but so many tales of Gulf Shores all bleed into […]

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Property value is one thing, but the value of a neighbor is another

There’s no telling what direction the wind will blow weeds and seeds to set root and either grow to be invasive pests or vibrant fields of color. You just hope for the best for your own property. There’s no telling what direction other people’s job offers and dreams of settling down will take them and […]

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Cruising still seems to give us that “Good, Good, Good, Good Vibration”

Last Wednesday, people young and old paid no mind to the summer heat and staked claim to parking lots to watch thousands of car show-grade vehicles pass through town. The Hot Rod Power Tour, sponsored by Hot Rod Magazine, criss-crosses parts of the nation each year. Until last week, though, most people in Monroe County […]

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Water rule could have far-reaching consequences

By Sen. Roger Wicker In April of last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to redefine the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The new definition would give the agencies unprecedented authority to regulate streams, wetlands, ponds, and ditches under the “Clean Water Act.” In other […]

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If you want to look at something, do it with some debris in your hands

I have no recollection of what the subject of that one speech I rambled through my junior year of college even was. The only three takeaways I even have of it are: winging a speech never got me an A; the look on a couple of my friends’ faces matched their lack of confidence that […]

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Choose your words carefully because somebody is always watching you

In case you missed it, a video of an alleged door ding incident in the parking lot of a local store went viral on YouTube, Facebook and a few online blogs a couple of weeks ago. A heated predicament for anybody who’s had a car door hit the side of his or her car got […]

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Book Reviews by Judy Wall Crump

By Judy Wall Crump “A Thousand Acres” Jane Smiley ***** “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley is an excellent book. Published in 1991 and winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, “A Thousand Acres” has lurked around the back of my mind and my reading list for two decades, but somehow I’d never read it. I’ve […]

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Volunteers’ response rate is another reason I’m Amory Proud

I would have said I’m proud to live in Amory, but technically I don’t. I do consider it my hometown as I work, shop and attend church in Amory. On Memorial Day 2015, I was primed to do ironing and housework on my day off. Needless to say, that did not happen. Mario and I […]

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